[kde-community] Make the World a Better Place! - KDE End of Year 2014 Fundraising

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Wed Oct 22 22:02:21 BST 2014

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM, Thomas Pfeiffer
<thomas.pfeiffer at kde.org> wrote:
> On Wednesday 22 October 2014 21:36:41 Dominik Haumann wrote:
>> today came the thought to me that we also could send this mail to all users
>> that once wrote a comment in http://bugs.kde.org. There, we have lots (how
>> many????) of users that at least were in touch with KDE through the bug
>> tracker, and since quite a lot of bugs do get fixed, quite a lot of these
>> users might even be happy users and willing to donate to KDE :-)
>> What do you think about this? Maybe we could reach thousands of KDE users
>> this way?
> Hm, this does _sound_ nice, but I don't see it as ethical and it may even get
> us into legal trouble. When registering with BKO, users did no give their
> consent to receiving emails about anything other than bugs. If we now send
> them emails asking them for donations, at least some will likely get quite
> angry.

Sending out mail in such a manner is definitely not acceptable.
It isn't just unethical, but also a breach of trust users have with us.

> If we want to do something like that in the future, we have to give to give
> users an opportunity to opt in for other messages from KDE when registering
> for BKO (or when filing a bug).
> Only spammers send unsolicited emails. We are not spammers.


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